18th JAN 2017
Yoga Mudra at your fingertips!
Significance of yoga mudras
Entirely distinct and based on the principle of Ayurveda,
yoga mudras are understood as a healing modality.
The Sanskrit word mudra is translated as a gesture.
A mudra may involve the whole body or could be a simple hand position.
Mudras used in combination with yoga breathing exercises enliven
the flow of prana in the body, thereby energizing different parts of the body.
How do yoga mudras work?
According to Ayurveda, diseases are caused due to an imbalance in the body,
which in turn is caused by lack or excess of any of the five elements.
Our fingers have the characteristics of these elements and
each of these five elements serves a specific and important function within the body.
The fingers are essentially electrical circuits.
The use of mudras adjusts the flow of energy - affecting the balance of
air, fire, water, earth, ether - and facilitate healing.
Mudras create a subtle connection with the instinctual patterns
in the brain and influence the unconscious reflexes in these areas.
The internal energy is, in turn, balanced and redirected,
affecting change in the sensory organs, glands, veins and tendons.
Yoga mudras are practiced sitting simply cross-legged,
in Vajrasana or in the lotus posture, or even by sitting comfortably
on a chair. Ideally, Ujjai breathing is done when practicing most mudras.
In each yoga mudra, take at least twelve breaths
and closely observe the flow of energy in the body.
Guidelines to practice & Benefits of Yoga Mudras:
1. Chin Mudra
Hold the thumb and index finger together lightly while extending
the remaining three fingers.
The thumb and index finger need only touch together,
without exerting any pressure. Keep the three extended fingers as straight as possible.
The hands can then be placed on the thighs,
facing upwards. Now, observe the flow of breath and its effect.
Benefits of Chin Mudra
Better retention and concentration power
Improves sleep pattern
Increases energy in the body
Alleviates lower backache
2. Chinmaya Mudra
In this mudra, the thumb and forefinger form a ring and
the three remaining fingers are curled into the palms of the hands.
Again, the hands are placed on the thighs with palms
facing upwards and deep comfortable Ujjai breaths are taken.
(to click the link to see the Ujjai breathing technique )
Once more, observe the flow of breath and its effect.
Benefits of Chinmaya Mudra
Improves flow of energy in the body
3. Adi Mudra
In Adi Mudra, the thumb is placed at the base of the small finger
and the remaining fingers curl over the thumb, forming a light fist.
The palms are again placed facing upwards on the thighs and
the breathing repeated.
Benefits of Adi Mudra
Relaxes the nervous system
Helps reduce snoring
Improves the flow of oxygen to the head
Increases capacity of the lungs
4. Brahma Mudra
Here both hands are placed in Adi Mudra,
then with the knuckles of both hands together,
the hands facing upward are placed at the navel area
and the flow of breath continued.
COMPILED BY :SONAL SHAH